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Sheriff, EMS team up to make week safe

Those walking the midway at the Lawrence County Fair will see members of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office making sure fairgoers are safe.

“Basically we just have extra officers on patrol and the village officers will be appointed as constables for the fairgrounds to help security,” Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said. “It is nothing out of the normal. But we are extra vigilant every time there are large crowds and we watch for suspicious people and packages.”

Also on the fairgrounds will be an ambulance from the Lawrence County EMS fleet.

“We staff a truck down there from 5 p.m. until they shut down the fair each night,” Lori Morris of the county EMS, said.

The ambulance is normally parked near the grandstand area.

“Where the entertainment is going on,” Morris said. “If they are needed.”

Another safety feature at the fair is the first aid booth located in the restaurant building at the end of the midway. Staff is there from noon each day until the fair closes each night.

“This is just to have availability,” Morris said. “In case someone would need us we would be there on site.”

The EMS still maintains its regular stations throughout the county.

“Nothing shuts down. We just add more,” she said.